Made for Each Other: Literature’s 25 Most Memorable Love Affairs

Love pops its head into fiction in funny, unexpected ways. Sure, you’ve got your classic literary power couples, but it can also appear in less conventional, less obvious places. With February 14 right around the corner, we got to thinking about some of the best and most unusual examples of two becoming one in literature, and came up with these great bookish pairings.


Emma Bovary and shopping, Madame Bovary

Charles is a wet noodle; her affairs with Rodolphe and Léon end up going sour. When you really think about it, shopping is Emma Bovary’s greatest love. It also is the root of her undoing, but love hurts.